Frequently Asked Research Questions


Frequent Research Questions and Answers

As the years go by and we grow further from September 11th, 2001, many Americans forget how much of our current society was shaped in a matter of one-hundred and two minutes, one Tuesday morning nearly seventeen years ago. My goal is to explore how the memorials (physical sites and services) have shaped how Americans chose to #NeverForget. 

  1. How did the current memorials come to be?   – How were the designs chosen?                        – How have the sites changed over time? 
  2. How do these memorials, and the services that are conducted there, differ and compare to each other?                                                           – How do the speeches compare from site to     site?                                                                         – How does each site compare physically to       each other?
  3. Overall, how do these memorials chose to remember the events of September 11th? And, how do they represent the ideas of American culture?

The sources collected are solely based on the three main 9/11 memorials. 

            – These memorials are located at the World Trade       

               Center, Pentagon, and Flight 93 crash site in 

               Shanksville, Pa.

             – Each site is to be equally represented in sources 


All the sources used are from the ten year period of 2001 to 2011. 

All the sources collected are from reputable websites. 

All the sources collected work together to focus on….

               – the construction of memorial sites

               – the completed memorial projets 

               – the speeches given by government officials at  

                  each memorial site or their absence

                – controversy surrounding Muslim symbols 

                   at or near memorial sites 

The sources move chronologically as you move down the menu options. 

The sources are arranged according to memorial site and topic. 

First, I have worked to make sure each site is equally represented in every aspect of the project. 

I have worked to place the artifacts in dialogue with one another, specifically by comparing and contrasting. 

The artifacts collected represents differing viewpoints. 

There is an array of sources, from transcripts of speeches and official documents, to newspaper articles, to official websites, to newsletters.

One of the most exciting things about my research so far is that I have learned a lot of information that I had not previously known. While the events of 9/11 and the memorials are well known, I am learning something new all the time that I had never heard or learned.

One of the most challenging aspects of my research is both the plethora and lack of information available. Unlike many other historic events, the events of 9/11 are extremely well documented. Sometimes, it is hard to find pieces that relate solely to the topics that I am concentrating on. I have also found that some documents that were once available are no longer available. A lot of the speeches and documents, for example, have been placed into archives that are not easily accessible to the public. 

I have also found it challenging, yet interesting, to look at each site individually versus as one cohesive group. I have come to learn that the sites and the services of each site differs from one another in a lot of ways. This is exciting, because I have also seen the memorial services and the grader ideas of the physical memorials as very similar. This has made matters a little more complicated though. Evaluating each site has become like their own mini-projects within the overarching reaseach as a whole.